The 30+ Best Black Sports Movies Ever Made Films

The 30+ Best Black Sports Movies Ever Made

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Black sports movies combine the thrill of competition with athletes' desire to fight against oppression. The top black sports movies range from completely fictitious comedies to compelling real-life documentaries. This is a list of the top black sports films featuring everything from When We Were Kings to Love & Basketball to The Hurricane.

What movies will you find on this list of the best black sports films? You might vote Hoop Dreams to the top. Documentarian Steve James followed two African American high school basketball stars as they set out on their quest to join the NBA. The movie examined all of the factors that contribute to the future of these young men including race, social class, education, and skills. White Men Can't Jump bridged the racial divide as Woody Harrelson and Wesley Snipes played a pair of b-ball hustlers who are out to make a quick buck. Other good movies featured on this top black sports movies list include Ali, He Got Game, and Drumline.

Which black athlete movies deserves the top spots on this list? Help us decide by giving your favorites a thumbs up and get in on the conversation in the comments section.

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    Hayden Panettiere, Ryan Gosling, Denzel Washington

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    William Gates, Arthur Agee

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    Woody Harrelson, Wesley Snipes, Rosie Perez

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    John Candy, Malik Yoba, Jay Brazeau

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    Harrison Ford, Christopher Meloni, Nicole Beharie

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    Sandra Bullock, Lily Collins, Kathy Bates

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    Samuel L. Jackson, Alan Rickman, Billy Bob Thornton

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    LeVar Burton, Norman Fell, Tom Bosley

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    Richard Pryor, James Earl Jones, Billy Dee Williams

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    Michael Jordan, Shaquille O'Neal, Milla Jovovich

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    George Foreman, B.B. King, Don King

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    Tyra Banks, Gabrielle Union, Sanaa Lathan

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    Terrence Howard, Bernie Mac, Tom Arnold

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    Terrence Howard, Carol Kane, Rhea Perlman

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    Michael Jordan, Bill Murray, Larry Bird

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    Dick Butkus, James Caan, Billy Dee Williams

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    Shaquille O'Neal, Larry Bird, Kevin Garnett

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    Mills Lane, Mike Tyson, Trevor Berbick

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    Dennis Quaid, Nicole Beharie, Clancy Brown

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    Wayne Brady, Anthony Mackie, Eva Marcille

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    Will Smith, Jamie Foxx, Jada Pinkett Smith

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    Robert Duvall, James Earl Jones, Ernest Borgnine

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    Denzel Washington, Liev Schreiber, Rod Steiger

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    Zoe Saldana, Nick Cannon, Orlando Jones

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    Charlize Theron, Robert De Niro, Cuba Gooding Jr.

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    Tupac Shakur, Bernie Mac, Marlon Wayans

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    Martin Lawrence, Megan Mullally, Tom Arnold

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    Emily Deschanel, Jon Voight, Tatyana Ali

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    Channing Tatum, Samuel L. Jackson, Ashanti

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    Larry Demery, Dock Ellis, Ron Howard

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